H.RES.218: Calling on the Secretary of State to list the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as a "Country of Particular Concern" with respect to religious freedom.

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Sponsor Edward Royce, R-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 16 (7 Democrats, 9 Republicans)
Introduced May 16, 2013
Latest Major Action June 7, 2013
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Bill Summary

Encourages the Department of State to place Vietnam on the list of "Countries of Particular Concern" for particularly severe violations of religious freedom.

Condemns the ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom in Vietnam, including the detention of religious leaders and the long-term imprisonment of individuals engaged in peaceful advocacy.

Calls on Vietnam to lift restrictions on religious freedom, cease all expropriations of church properties, and implement necessary legal and political reforms to protect religious freedom.

Urges the State Department to demonstrate clearly that the expansion of bilateral ties will depend on improvements in religious freedom and related rights.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 7, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
June 7, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
May 16, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.